I woke up in a sweaty panic when an ear splitting sound pierced my nap. I sat up urgently, my heartbeat erratic. Just when I was still trying to reacquaint myself with where I was, the scream came alive again, a little louder this time. I followed the scream and scrambled out of my room, startled, my ears itching for an update. It was a little girl of about 8, wailing bitterly by virtue of her mum’s anger that wouldn’t let up. Irately, the mum continued to bring the whip down on her repeatedly. Amidst all this, our plea for clemency on the little girl, didn’t register with the Ma because she was anger driven.
Seeing that the poor girl was in dire need of mercy, I went in and snatched her little frame from under her mum’s rage and then demanded to know what the lashing was for but she wouldn’t say anything at first. She just stood there with an enraged demeanour, visually whipping at her small daughter with her red eyes. She tried to appear calm but there was something ugly brewing beneath the surface. After a while of pacifying her, she then walked me and the few gathered through what had triggered her rage.
That her eldest daughter confided in her few minutes ago that a certain boy who happens to be same age or possibly a year older, has been working his finger into her genitalia for some time now. It drew an ugly emotion from the clustered neighbours who made obvious of their disapproval to such disturbing image with mumbles of displeasure. And when the little rascal was finally summoned to clear things up, he out rightly denied, saying it was all a lie. That he did no such thing. But the poor girl kept insisting in between hiccups that he assaulted her.
I saw through him and could tell he was lying as his unsteady voice and countenance betrayed him. Just when my own rage began to build, the poor child’s mum was already seething with a blind rage. Out of control, she latched onto the boy and let him have it all; whips, kicks and slaps. The woman had lost it but who would blame her. After a while of letting the kid have a feel of her rage, I cut in and broke it up.
The big headed delinquent was smothered in pain as he fell beside my feet, crying heart wrenchingly. When asked where he learnt all that, the delinquent averred that he saw it on the screen and had decided to put the image in his head to practice. Which brings me to this recurring issue that just won’t go away. It disturbs me when I see some kids spend the entire day watching the screen. What is even more disturbing is the content of what they watch. The adverse effect of western scenes has burrowed deep into all of our senses. Threatening the main fabric, ethics and morals of our cultural settings.
Now this issue is a hot button but somehow we seem at ease and calm about it and wouldn’t want to push it. The screen and its subliminal effect on our kids cannot be over emphasized. Most of our home videos and virtually all the western movies that express themselves on our screens today, has seriously evolved into obscenities and it’s so disturbing. You cannot watch a movie these days without your remote within your reach where you can quickly punch that fast forward button to skip past a hormone triggering scene. Which of course is done when under age kids sprawl flat on the floor, their eyes fixated on the screen. It’s mortifying. Apportioning the blame to our home video makers is more like a lost labour. After all, that is the sizzle. They believe such scenes are in line with the vogue of the now. If you do not blend in an 18 rated motion in movies, its recognition and returns will be gone.
That kid definitely didn’t see such adult motion under the watch of his parents or guardian but certainly outside his home. Please our beloved guardians, endeavour to keep an eagle eye on our wards but more importantly monitor the content of movies they watch. If possible curtail their TV time. It’s an anomaly to let them have full access to the TV at all times. Even if they have such freedom towards it, the parental control lock should be activated. Slap a ban on them and the places they go. The company they keep too has a subliminal effect on their mentality and soils the good in them if it’s a bad one.
Do not forget to levy them their deserved punishment when they default. God bless our homes and guardians. Amen.